USC golf cart taken
for joy ride, crashed
By Anton Vidgen
A golf cart stolen from outside the University
Community Centre that belonged to the University Students' Council
was found hanging off a bridge over Medway Creek on Tuesday
at about 2:30 a.m., said Elgin Austen, interim director for
the Campus Community Police Service.
"There was substantial damage to it,"
he said, though a valuation had not yet been completed. No keys
were discovered at the scene and the vehicle was found with
its chain still around the steering wheel, he added.
"They would have to make a lot of right
turns," said USC VP-student affairs Matt Huether. He said
such a situation was planned for and they tried to be prudent.
"We took precautions that were suggested to us by the [campus
No one was found at the scene when police
arrived shortly afterward, Austen explained. "[The suspects]
left the area rather quickly," he noted, adding they probably
disappeared into the nearby underbrush.
Witnesses near the scene described two individuals
who police are searching for in connection with the stolen vehicle.
CCPS is looking for a white male with shoulder-length blonde
hair wearing a blue plaid shirt and a white female with curly
blonde hair wearing blue jeans. Austen said the female had a
cut on her chin and may be easier to identify. Both are believed
to be of university age.
Because the descriptions are vague, campus
police are asking anyone with information to call them at 661-3300
or Crimestoppers at 222-TIPS.
A similar incident occurred in September 2002
when a USC golf cart was stolen and found in Grand Bend the
following day by police. The four occupants were charged in
court with stolen property.
Also on Tuesday night, a crowd of about 40-50
people caused a disturbance in and around the parking lot outside
Saugeen-Maitland Hall. "It was initially quite volatile,"
Austen said, adding as soon as police arrived the crowd dispersed
without incident. Austen said Tuesday's events are not believed
to be related.